Category Archives: ESCORT CARD IDEAS

Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding featured on Junebug Weddings

We are thrilled to see Sarah & Chase’s elegant Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding featured on Junebug Weddings this week!! We have done a quick highligh from the feature here on our blog, but CLICK HERE to see the full feature on their website!

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“Sarah and Chase love any excuse to dress up, so they knew they wanted a black tie wedding from the start. When they took their super laid-back personalities and desire for tropical décor into consideration, they knew they needed a hand planning their dream wedding. Enter La Fete Weddings. The Santa Barbara wedding planning team executed Sarah and Chase’s wedding with style and grace, and even included fun reception details like an ice luge, a classic black and white palette, and tropical fronds as far as the eye can see. Johnny B Films and photographer Courtney Aaron captured every moment of Sarah and Chase’s wedding beautifully, including their regal ceremony on Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore‘s lawn – the same place Sarah’s parents were married 31 years ago!”

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“Our colors were white, natural greenery, black and gold. I really wanted the greenery to be the standout feature with lots of white accents. However, I have seen so many all white weddings and didn’t just want to repeat that. Instead, we mixed in black and gold elements to make it feel slightly modern and give it a black tie feel.”

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“I wanted a really romantic black tie wedding with a natural/tropic feel. Which when we were first talking about it, sounded so weird. But once we started picking our decor and our amazing florist sent inspiration images, it really started coming together. It was really hard to communicate at first exactly what we wanted, mostly because we had never planned a wedding before. What was most important was that the wedding felt fresh and unique and our amazing wedding planners, Kaitlin and Colette from La Fete Weddings worked with us for months and really nailed the theme in the end.”

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“The pastor who married us also married my brother and is a very close family friend. It was so special to me because he has known me almost my entire life and made the ceremony so personal. We also had readings from the grooms sister and one of his childhood best friends. Finally, we chose to do traditional vows as well as write our own. And if you are on the fence about writing your own, I highly suggest doing it. It was so special and our guests loved our vows. We got compliments on them the whole night.”

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“I am SUPER laid back. I knew I really wanted a cool vibe to the wedding, without it feeling like another shabby chic and blush wedding. I think one of the first things I told Kaitlin and Colette was that no pink (except the champagne!) would be allowed at the wedding. My family also spends a lot of time in Maui and I wanted to bring elements of that to the wedding as well, hence the tropical greenery. We decided on a black tie wedding mostly because we love dressing up and wanted the wedding to feel like a formal Southern California party. However, we are both super laid back so we knew we wanted it to be a party and not stuffy, and I think we achieved it!”

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“I really wanted unique centerpieces, meaning, lots of greenery and mixing a natural esthetic with a black tie theme. I also knew I wanted lots of white and ethereal lighting”

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Be patient and trust your wedding planners. If you choose to have one (which I cannot recommend enough- the stress they save on the day of alone is worth it), do your research and pick one with elements of their previous weddings you really love. We were so lucky because Kaitlin and Colette were so communicative and kept us on a timeline so we didn’t feel like we were doing everything at once. And trusting them to be creative when you cannot communicate exactly what you want really worked out for us.”

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“The main dining room took my breath away when we walked in before our guests were shown in. It was everything I had dreamed of and more. The ice luge was also such a hit, the station was so elegant and the drinks were amazing.”

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“We had a coconut chiffon cake with passion fruit mango creme cake an a dessert bar with lemon meringue tarts, tiramisu, cookies, sables and macaroons, red velvet cupcakes and Swedish creme puffs. Our signature drinks were a grapefruit basil martini, passionfruit jalapeño martini and old fashioned’s.”

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“Our photographer was also a family friend (you’re probably seeing a theme here… we really had THE BEST vendors), and so we felt so comfortable with her. She also did our engagement pictures and I cannot say enough good things about her. She captured the evening perfectly and our guests LOVED her.”

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THE WEDDING TEAM:

Photography – Courtney Aaron, Eden Rose Photography
Event Planning & Design – La Fete Weddings
Venue, Catering, & Cake – Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore
Floral Design – Anna Le Pley Taylor
Officiant – Pastor Dan Warren
DJ – Michael Ober
Videography – Johnny B Films
Invitations – Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Makeup & Hair Artist – Pretty Please Beauty, Hello Darling
Wedding Dress – Lihi Hod
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – David’s Bridal
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Lauren B, Tiffany & Co.
Rentals – The Tent Merchant
Favors – Woods Wholesale Wine

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Creative New Escort Card Displays

It feels like we are always searching for a new way to make our escort card displays beautiful in a way that matches the style & theme of our events!  I am assuming most brides & other wedding planners out there are doing the same. Here are some of our favorites for the last few months of summer and some beautiful ideas for fall which is quickly approaching!  I will begin with my personal favorite, these individual bud vases which are designed to hold a single bloom along with a lovely hand calligraphed escort card:

Photo by: Gianluca Adovasio

Blush Pink Flowers & Escort Card Display put together by Colin Cowie

Photo by: Tec Petaja

These beautifully calligraphed wooden name tags are just perfect for a small and intimate wedding reception!

Photos by: Abi Q Photography

I am sure you have all seen these before, but the presentation of these succulent escort cards is too perfect! Love the color combination and the easy application of the ribbon & small paper flags make this look a complete success! 

Photos by: Joy Thigpen

Diving into Fall now…

The simplicity of this display is just too good to be true. The hand-written cards with an abundant & organic overflowing display of flowers on top of this little wire-top table gives this display everything it needs to be beautiful! 

Photo by: Lisa Lefkowitz

We love working with fresh fruit!  By using a tray full of grapes at a vineyard or any autumn wedding you can make the most gorgeous escort card display! 

Photo by: Shalynne Imaging

I know this is being shown as a place card… But I can just imagine all of these beautiful pears lined up on a table with the same calligraphed silk ribbons could make such a stunning fall impression! 

Photos by: Ali Harper Photography

And it doesn’t get more “fall” than this… White calligraphy on fallen leaves! Just spectacular! 

And last but certainly not least, I adore these little DIY string art escort cards. Follow this link for photo credit & to see step by step instructions to make these gorgeous little cards! 

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Private Polo Estate Wedding part 1- Pink and Green Cocktail Hour

We planned and designed this wedding on a private polo field in Carpinteria, CA and there are just too many incredible photos to put in one blog post. The bride and groom chose the elegant color palette of “Kate Spade- Pink and Green”  and wanted to keep the theme in line with the polo field. So we made sure this event was preppy, sophisticated, and small accents of polo mallets which added a finishing touch. We worked with Roomforty Catering who presented the guests with a “Tomato Bar” where the guests could help themselves to the stunning heirloom tomatoes accompanied by different assortments of ingredients. We also had a fromage station where an expert perfectly paired together the right combination of cheeses and fruits for each guest. With a large bar centrally located in this pink and green cocktail hour, the guests were able to  savor their favorite summer cocktails and enjoy the breathtaking ocean views. A special thank you goes to Steve Wrubel and Willa Kveta for capturing these beautiful images! We will be posting more of this beautiful wedding next week~

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Alfresco Wedding at Villa Sevillano

Working with Meghan and Stan was such a joy!  She had a very distinct vision for her wedding day, and completely trusted us to make that dream come to life. After a few meetings with her we had her  wedding completely dialed in and she just needed to sit back and enjoy the process! When you hold a wedding at Villa Sevillano, the estate is so incredibly gorgeous already, you just have to work with the style of the home . Meghan LOVED burlap and white, and we had so much fun putting together all of the little details!

We brought in Tricia Fountaine to design the flower arrangements and she blew us away! Each arrangement was abundant and exactly the way we had envisioned them! Below is a shot of her stunning bouquet:

The worlds most adorable ring bearer assisted us by passing out fans to the guests before they sat down for the ceremony.

When it comes to food, Duo Catering knows what’s best. From signature drinks, to tray passed hors d’oeuvres, each bite is always delicious!

Absolutely gorgeous cake design made by Christine Dahl to match the invitations that were sent out.

These beautiful photos were taken by the talented Stephanie Hogue. Thank you for always capturing every little detail for us and making our brides and grooms look so stunning! LBPS created custom fabric draped cabanas for the lounges on either side of the dance floor which added so much drama to the space. We could not have done this event without the gorgeous rentals from Town and Country, your team is always so helpful and make each event so unique and beautiful!  And a big thank you to Stellar Groove and Dwight Kennedy Productions for keeping that dance floor packed all night!

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Holly and Rob’s Exquisite Barn Wedding

We wanted to share a sneak peak of an incredible barn wedding that we had the honor of planning and designing. At this point in time we are hoping to have it published and can only share a few of Melissa Musgrove’s extraordinary images. We can not wait to share more, choosing only a few was next to impossible! A special thank you to everyone involved in making this wedding so very special:

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